Haifa flatten Finns as Liverpool await

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Liverpool face a trip to Israel in the third qualifying round of the Champions' League after Maccabi Haifa cruised to a 4-0 win over the Finnish side Haka Valkeakoski yesterday for a 5-0 aggregate success. The Italian Giovanni Rosso gave Haifa the lead after 38 minutes before Yaniv Katan added a second-half hat-trick.

The Belgian champions, Anderlecht, moved safely into a third qualifying round meeting with Bohemians or Halmstad after a 2-1 win at Sherif Tiraspol which gave them a 6-1 aggregate victory. Vadim Borets put the Moldovans ahead, but Anderlecht, who held a comfortable 4-0 cushion from the first leg, equalised with a 28th-minute penalty by Oleg Yashchyuk. Glen de Boeck, who scored twice in the first leg a week ago, added the second after 58 minutes.

Wisla Krakow set up a third qualifying round meeting with Barcelona after a 1-0 victory over Skonto Riga, of Latvia, for a 3-1 aggregate win. Wisla were returning to international competition after serving a Uefa imposed ban following a knife-throwing incident in Krakow three years ago. Maciej Zurawski secured the victory for the Poles in the 86th minute.

Milan say they will not sign any more South American players because they have too many international commitments. "Brazil have 21 games during 2001, which is an unsustainable situation," the club's vice-president Adriano Galliani explained. "The World Cup qualifiers in South American are almost like a championship. They might make money from the television rights but clubs will not sign their players any more."

The Brazilian striker Mario Jardel has rejoined his former club Porto from Galatasaray in a deal worth around £5.7m.

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